I love this and have decided to add my own.
My life is spent in a few directions when it comes to technology: Work, Life as a writer, Life as a developer, and Life as a regular guy, so expect some variety.
For work, and often for life too, I am primarily hunkered down in a standard issue Dell Latitude E6410. I also have a 13″ MacBook Pro, an iPad (3), an iPhone 4 and a Samsung Galaxy II (that I will soon be parting ways with) and a Kindle (the cheap one).
The Dell is a necessity for work, I use it mostly docked with a second monitor. The MacBook is my weapon of choice when writing, but I’m honestly not that particular and will use whichever is more easily accessible. If I’m feeling particularly appley, but need my dell, I’ll remote into my dell from my mac… this is really because of the way the key strikes sound.
The iPad I feel guilty about buying because I don’t use it that much… there are some times when it’s great, but mostly I want real keys. The rest I feel is pretty self explanatory.
I also frequently use Moleskine notebooks and am a huge fan of plain old bic round stic pens (and am a little upset you can no longer buy the old style ones that are plain white with a black cap). And for photos, an Olympus PEN E-PL1 (I’m not much of a photographer, but it’s a great camera, especially for the price (when compared to DSLRs)).
I work from home, so during the day I listen to a lot of music and the radio, and love my Sound|Freaq Sound Platform. On occasion, I’ll also use headphones and for that I use my standard issue ear buds… headphones have been one thing I’ve put off investing in… and life seems okay.
I sit at a fairly standard desk, but occasionally, like now, I sit at a TV tray. Weird, I know, but sometimes the absence of a place to put things makes me happy. I especially like it when editing, or reading something that’s been printed.
For life, I use Chrome. That’s really about it. I even write in the cloud. I’ve tried omm writer and writeroom, but because of my penchant for just using whatever is around, keeping it all in the cloud is my preference (though I do use Word to edit).
When I pretend I can still write decent code, I use Aptana or notepad++ and MAMP or WAMP.
I try to limit the number of apps I use, since I still believe in developing once for everyone, but do enjoy the clear app (sorry, motask) and the pandora app. I listen to pandora most of the day. On the iPad, I do love paper and use it mostly in a work capacity to sketch things out before I wireframe them.
For work, I use standard issue Microsoft stuff, and sometimes spent weeks on end in Visio (or so it seems). I use Clover to navigate the world of windows and Asana to manage tasks.
I’ve recently started using F.lux and so far really like it.
My ideal setup
I want to own fewer devices, which is why I think Microsoft is on the right track with Surface, but from what I’ve read it’s not so hot. In an ideal world you would have one device that worked as a tablet, notebook and could be docked to create a full desktop experience.
For writing, I really want something basic, probably more basic than what’s currently available. I’d love a really nice keyboard and a screen that’s easy on the eyes, but other than that I just want a good, full screen word processor. In fact, I think I’d like it to have nothing else… this tends to make me think a Chromebook might not be a bad idea. I’d be interested in an e-ink display, but know that wouldn’t work… at least not currently.
Kind of makes you wonder why I buy apple products.